Shannon Williams

Checking the Expiration Date

| by Shannon Williams

A couple of weeks ago I did something I haven’t done in years. I checked the expiration date on the milk in the fridge.  As a mother of teenaged boys, my regular routine includes buying several gallons of milk each week without much thought about consumption. For years, the milk …

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Growing Up Among the Sharks

| by Shannon Williams

We recently completed our 11th season of summer swim team. The final one for Devin as a swimmer, and his first year as a coach. As a family, we have always enjoyed swim team. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of thousand-degree nights, where the adults are sweating while the kids are…

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Can We Talk?

| by Shannon Williams

Modern politics do not appeal to me. I try to stay abreast of current issues. I vote. I care about the future of our country, but I don’t spend a lot of time following American politics.  Over the past week, politics have been front and center in our collective dialogue as the Se…

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Impact on the Arts

| by Shannon Williams

Anticipating the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts funding in the proposed Trump budget released last week, Michael Wilkerson wrote an opinion piece published on thehill.com, on March 7, 2017, that has caused great discussion among our team. Wilkerson, director of arts admi…

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The Mindless Pursuit of Excellence

| by Shannon Williams

I left my neighborhood this morning turning left on my usual path. The only problem was I needed to turn right.  Clearly, I wasn’t thinking. I was simply going through the motions doing what has become routine. Unfortunately, that was not going to get me where I needed to be̵…

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Philanthropy Is Not Measured by Dollars Alone

| by Shannon Williams

Our sons both play high school basketball. Through their experiences we have come to know and love some of the most amazing philanthropists I have ever met. Yes, I have met a lot of great philanthropists in my 22 years in the non-profit sector, but none quite like Jim and Peggy Taylor. …

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A Pineapple, an Orange, and a Grape

| by Shannon Williams

Recently I spent the day facilitating a strategic planning session with a foundation board. As is my custom, I brought buckets of balls and toys which may seem frivolous, but actually they are an integral part of the day. The playthings are key ingredients in keeping everyone focused and in …

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Account Updater: Make Technology Work for You

| by Shannon Williams

Donor Retention. Two of the most important words in fundraising. With only 1 in 3 first time donors renewing their gifts, non-profits are scrambling to find ways to help keep donors connected. One of those ways is through a sustainer or monthly giving program that encourages donors to give a…

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